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This weekend in Atlanta concerts features a slew of throwbacks to the 90s, the Grand Ole Opry and the British Invasion.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at Mara's Music Mix.

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Two Atlanta singing groups are joining forces for the first time with a concert this weekend: the 35-year-old Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC) and the relatively new Atlanta Women’s Chorus.

They’ll be performing a program of music titled “And Justice For All” on Friday and Saturday. Lois Reitzes sat down with the artistic directors of each choir, Melissa Arasi and Kevin Robison, to talk about the significance of the collaboration and about performing one of Robison's own compositions in the show.

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Looking ahead at some of the weekend's concerts, we have an Australian pop sensation, a pair of soul singers with plenty of history in their voices and much more.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for this week's "Mara's Music Mix."

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Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his father's legendary life, died Wednesday. He was 72.

The younger Sinatra died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle. No other details were provided.

Hank Williams Jr., in a song he recorded in Muscle Shoals that launched him into outlaw country stardom in the 1970s, used the phrase "gettin' it together between Macon and Muscle Shoals" to describe his new approach to making music.

His Macon, Georgia, reference was for Capricorn Recording Studios, which became home to the Allman Brothers Band and many other Southern rockers during the 1970s.

But like many famous studios, Capricorn fell on hard times as the recording industry changed. It continued to operate under other owners until it finally closed and was left vacant.

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Dr. Herbert Karp passed away on Friday, March 11. His achievements as a neurologist, scholar and pioneer in Alzheimer’s research were far-reaching. Karp was the inaugural medical director of Wesley Woods Center, the nation’s first geriatric hospital, and served as chairman of the neurology department at Emory University’s School of Medicine.

In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Kanye Wests attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
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Mumford & Sons and Kanye West will participate in a collaborative album inspired by fans and activists from the advocacy organization, Global Citizen.

Global Citizen and Communion Music announced Tuesday that the album "Metamorphoses" will include 12 original songs made from fans and activists who submit words and stories to GlobalCitizen.org/Metamorphoses. Musicians will create new songs from the submissions.

"Metamorphoses" will also include alternative rock band The National and pop singer Ellie Goulding. Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons will curate the project.

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This week, Atlanta plays host to the gathering gloom of a Moody Blues show at the Fox, the kick off to the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival and a pop songwriter finally breaking out on his own.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming concerts.

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The game of baseball is full of stories which can be just as inspirational as any novel or classic film. Gus Fernandez, songwriter for the Atlanta band Pony League, can attest to that.

The band has a new single titled "Harder Than A Rick Ankiel," about the titular Atlanta Braves outfielder. Ankiel hit an 11th-inning home run during Game 2 of the 2010 Major League Baseball playoffs, securing the Braves a win against the San Francisco Giants.

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Each year, the 120 dynamic and talented young artists of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra energetically tackle masterworks of classical and modern music, all under the baton of director Joseph Young.

The ASYO is preparing to give its Crescendo Concert, which features some ambitious programming rooted in opera.

"City Lights" host Lois Reitzes sat down with Young to talk about the thinking behind programming works by John Adams and Puccini for the youth.

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The English rock band the Moody Blues' songs are known for their ethereal lyrics and innovative use of the mellotron – a keyboard that synthesized orchestral sounds. 

In the 1960s and early 70s fans around the world filled arenas to hear that music.  Now nearly 50 years later, three members of the band are still touring:  Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge.  But Edge is the only member who remains from the original Moody Blues – an R&B group formed in 1964. 

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No one could have predicted that a strange and primitive form of gospel music would become one of the South’s most potent cultural exports.

Sacred Harp singing emerged from deep in the annals of Southern history. It was designed so untrained church-goers could sing by sight from hymnals, and it produced an otherworldly, earth-shakingly loud brand of music.

To folks who grew up in the tradition, Sacred Harp means religion. There are others who view it as “acapella heavy metal.” Both groups hear something divine in the music.

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The Atlanta and Athens music scenes are incredibly active and fruitful pools of talent. Just last week, local band Mothers earned a review of their debut album from no less a publication than the New York Times.

Here at home, the website Immersive Atlanta works to chronicle the scene. Their editor joined producer Myke Johns for a look at some of the local bands releasing records in the month of March:

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This coming week, Atlanta is playing host to Athens indie-rock, Celtic punk rock veterans and a pair of Australia's loudest exports.

As we head into the weekend, we're going to take a look at some of the upcoming concerts around town with contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss.

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Before taking to the stage Thursday night in Atlanta, musician CeeLo Green stopped by the WABE and the "Closer Look" studio to talk about his southwest Atlanta hometown roots, his new video game, "CeeLo's Joyride," and the way he has handled his career and controversy over the years.

He also spoke with host Rose Scott about his nonprofit, the GreenHouse Foundation, which has partnered with multiple Atlanta-area schools ─ including Green's own elementary school ─ to educate, inspire and empower children to adopt a sustainable, green lifestyle.

TomorrowWorld Cancels 2016 Music Festival

Mar 2, 2016
More than 160,000 people are expected to attend TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The event gets underway Friday.
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TomorrowWorld announced Wednesday that its 2016 festival would not be happening.

Last year, some attendees described the electronic dance festival as "chaotic," according to a report by WABE. The complaints rolled in after a weekend of heavy rain left some people stranded outside the festival without transportation. 

While TomorrowWorld representatives posted a farewell video to the festival website, they promised this wouldn't be goodbye forever. 

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This weekend and beyond, Atlanta is playing host to singer-songwriters, neo-soul singers, R&B greats and many more.

Contributor Mara Davis joined host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at some of the upcoming concerts around town.

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Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" ranks among the most riotous of comic operas, a genre that reminds die-hard opera fans and newcomers alike that not all operatic stories involve untimely deaths and forbidden passions. That does not mean that a lighthearted work, like "The Pirates of Penzance," is lightweight material.

  

Death, taxes and a summer tour from the Dave Matthews Band.

"DMB" is celebrating its 25th anniversary by hitting the road once again.

This jaunt starts on May 11 in Wichita, Kan. and ends with Labor Day weekend at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash.

The group is coming to with a show at Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheater on Saturday, May 28.

The Dave Matthews Band has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

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Lady Gaga meets The Beatles meets Adele. That describes Wrenn's eclectic sound. She's out with a new EP called "Apathy and Good Books."  

The up-and-coming Athens, Georgia, musician stopped by the "Closer Look" studio with guitarist Chris Padgett to talk about her musical influences, the origins of her stage name and the nickname she's given her fans:

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The metro area is full-to-bursting this weekend with big shows, and WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss join forces to help guide you through their picks for Mara's Music Mix.

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Reed Ferguson calls her music "Neoteric Rock."

The 19-year-old Atlanta native just released an original five-song EP called "Magic Eye."

"I tend to really work hard on lyrics.  Every time I sit down to write a song, I swear to Bob Dylan that this will not be some crappy, cheesy pop song.  This will mean something to people," said Ferguson.

Ferguson says her influences include Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. 

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Here in the South, some states are recognized for their musical heritage more than others. Jazz quickly follows any mention of New Orleans, Louisiana. When you think of country music, Nashville, Tennessee comes to mind. 

How about Georgia? It turns out Georgia's music heritage is pretty hard to define in one word, or even one place. That's partly because the state's done little to claim its stake in music history, and largely because Georgia's musical offerings are incredibly diverse. 

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Last winter, pianist Hélène Grimaud had a rather unconventional recital.

In collaboration with artist Douglas Gordon, she performed at New York City's Park Avenue Armory, while it was flooded with water.

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This weekend in Atlanta concerts, we have the offspring of The Dead, a reunited 90s R&B act and The Boss himself.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows around town.

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Atlanta's independent music scene is busy, and you can find evidence of that in Immersive Atlanta.

The website -- which covers the local and regional music scene -- has assembled a list of seventeen new record releases out this month by groups from around Atlanta and Athens.

Myke Johns sat down with Guillermo Castro, Immersive's managing editor, to talk about some of the highlights:

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This week, Atlanta clubs and concert halls play host to some famed singer-songwriters, a couple of '80s throwbacks and Carrie Bradshaw's favorite salsa band. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the upcoming concert calendar.

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On the southern coast of Iceland, there's a beach called Reynisfjara. Mangled pillars of rock weather continuous crashes of frigid ocean water. Black sand shores give way to strange basalt cliffs. It's the kind of place that leaves an impression.

For Atlanta Symphony Orchestra double bassist and composer Michael Kurth, that impression was distinctly sinister.  

"It feels like ... a Bond villain would have his lair there," Kurth said.

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Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at 74.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to half of a legendary folk duo, all of a Grammy-winning hip-hop duo and a bona fide country superstar. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the upcoming concert calendar:

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